Chemistry: Molecular Models
The following web sites have instructions on how to download and use the Chime plug-in for working with three-dimensional molecular models. Find out how wireframe, stick, ball and stick, and space filling models vary from each other and what the advantages and disadvantages are. Learn about Valence Shell Electron Repulsion Pair (VSERP) theory and view VSERP molecular models. Includes images, 3D interactive models, animations, movies, quizzes, and lesson plans.
Here is a web site with interactive models of DNA and RNA, lesson plans for teachers, and questions for students. Find out what browser to use for viewing 3D Chime models. Click on the "Chime Installer" link for step-by-step instructions how to register, download, install, and use Chime. The registration and download are free and takes about five minutes to complete. NOTE: The free Chime plug-in is required. NOTE: The site leads to websites with a message board.
Protein Explore FrontDoor
This page contains a number of interactive 3D models of molecules. NOTE: The free Chime plug-in is required.
The DRuMS Color Schemes
This page has a link to a 3D model of a complex macromolecule. Scroll down the page and select the "Preview DRuMS (no Chime)" link to lunch another page. The page has also a link to "Biochemistry in 3D" with more molecular models which require Netscape Communicator 4.
Introduction to Molecular Modeling for K-12
This online tutorial can help students realize why 3D models are important for displaying molecular structures and how to view them online properly. Learn differences among wireframe, stick, ball and stick, and space filled models. The three parts of the site include demonstrations of using models, questions for kids, and an activity sheet. NOTE: The free Chime plug-in is required.
3D: Structure Database of Chemicals
This is an interactive 3D database of molecular models. Select alphabet letters to find a molecule. When a model appears, select it with the right mouse click, hold it and rotate model in different direction. NOTE: The free Chime plug-in is required. NOTE: This site includes Google ads.
Virtual Student Model Kit
Explore links on this page to view interactive models of a number of molecules. NOTE: The free Chime plug-in is required.
Chemical Bonds, Molecular Shapes, and Molecular Models
Learn how to assemble molecular models. Click on the "Content" button or link to advance to a page with links to pages with interactive models, instructions, assembling demonstrations, and examples. Students also can use a forward or rewind buttons for navigation on the site. NOTE: The free Chime plug-in is required.
This page has diagrams of molecular models and descriptions of their construction. No plug-ins are required for this site.
Here is a model of Aspirin. Click on the "Chime-Enhanced Page" to view a spinning model of the molecule. NOTE: The free Chime plug-in is required.
Nitrous Oxide: Laughing Gas
Here is a page with a 3D model of laughing gas molecule. Click on the "Chime Version" link to view the molecule spinning. NOTE: The free Chime plug-in is required.
View a rotating 3D model of the B12 vitamin on this page. NOTE: The free Chime plug-in is required.
Small Molecule Structure for Biochemistry
Find structures of small molecules such as water, carbonate, and carbon dioxide. Scroll down the page and click on the icons with more complex molecules to view them. NOTE: The free Chime plug-in is required.
This site includes interactive and still images of molecular models. Select green buttons in the middle or links on the left to view images of molecular structures. NOTE: The site leads to websites with ads.
This site has artistic 3D molecular models of inorganic and organic chemistry. It includes animations, interactive Chime models, and static images.
Find out how the water molecule is structured and how fast it moves. View 3D animated movies.
VSERP: Molecular Models
Learn about Valence Shell Electron Repulsion Pair theory and click on highlighted classes of electronic symmetries to view their molecular models. NOTE: The free Chime plug-in is required.
This site is a searchable database of chemical structures and property predictions. Results produce the empirical formula, molecular weight, and masses of chemicals. Articles and links to articles can be read for further information. NOTE: This site includes ads.